"...Kimberly Marable is a founding member of Broadway Serves, which began in Spring 2012, along with co-founders Dana Marie Ingraham and Dionne Figgins. Marable was performing in Sister Act then. The performers were inspired after they and other theatre and Broadway professionals took part in the Million Hoodie March in New York's Union Square, in between a matinee and evening performance. The march was in response to death of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Marable and her co-founders wanted to bring the Broadway community together to not only talk about issues important to them, but also to take action through community service.
Marable's said the goal for Broadway serves was to do more than fundraise: "The hope was to have us get our hands dirty."
Since 2012, Broadway Serves, an affiliate of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, has participated in the NYC AIDS Walk, the Children's Museum of Manhattan's program with Homes for the Homeless and City Harvest's Mobile Market. The organization also has a "To Go" program, to facilitate community service opportunities for touring companies around the country and across the world. Volunteers from London also began their own branch, West End Serves, in 2014.
As public figures, Marable says, Broadway performers are responsible to give back to the community. It's about caring about more than just rehearsals and auditions and callbacks..."
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